Best in 2017 Women’s Ski & Snowboard Gear

On the hunt for the best women's ski & snowboard gear coming up in 2017 at the 2016 Snowsports Industries America's on-snow demo days. Photo: Kersten Vasey   [Update 12/04/2016: 2017 gear is now available! Links updated for you. :) Happy winter! Originally published 2/9/2016] Our team spent February in Denver at the SIA Snow Show and at Copper Mountain for the On-Snow Demo [...]

OWA Reviews: Spark R&D Women’s Arc Splitboard Bindings

Spark R&D Women's Bindings Tester: Lizzie Lauman What: Spark R&D Women’s Arc Splitboard Bindings Where to buy: evo.com, rei.com, amazon.com Perfect for: frequent backcountry skinning and riding *Note: No gear or financial compensation was received for this review. The tester was asked to record her findings, positive and negative, when testing the bindings. At OWA, the aim is to only publish reviews on gear [...]

Women’s Trail Running Shoe Reviews: Our Top Picks

Is it time to replace your trail running shoes? Women from our Grassroots Teams donated their trail time to test some of the newest shoes on the market. Take a look below and get filled in on which shoes passed their critiques: What: Adidas Terrex Agravic GTX Reviewer: Kayleen Castelli (Colorado Front Range Grassroots Team) Where to buy: backcountry.com, Eastern Mountain Sports, amazon.com Perfect [...]

Best of Outdoor Retailer Summer 2016: Women’s Picks

Visitors to the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market find themselves in a sea of products, plaid, and pretty much all things awesome. Twice a year, tens of thousands of people in the outdoor industry descend upon Salt Lake City, Utah for the Outdoor Industry Association's winter and summer markets. They're there to get a first look at products that are about to hit the shelves, product test [...]

OWA Review: CamelBak Solstice 10LR

What: CamelBak Solstice 10LR MTB Pack Where to Buy: backcountry.com, rei.com Perfect For: Fast, aggressive mountain biking *Disclaimer: This tester received a pack from CamelBak to test and review. Before testing begins, companies must agree to OWA terms which state that OWA will not publish positive reviews or accept financial compensation in exchange for gear or reviews.  OWA's aim is to only publish reviews on gear that, after testing, [...]

OWA Review: Giro Terradura Mountain Bike Shoes

  What: Giro Terradura mountain bike shoes Where to Buy: backcountry.com, competitivecyclist.com, evo.com, rei.com Perfect For: Mountain biking and hike-a-bike sections of trail *Disclaimer: I received these shoes from Giro to test and review. I was not asked to publish a positive review in exchange, and I received no financial compensation for this review. At OWA, our aim is to publish reviews on gear that, after [...]

OWA Review: 9 Mountain Bikes for Tall Women

I’m a 5’10” female mountain biker, with a long inseam and reach. When it comes to mountain bikes, my height puts me in the sweet spot for fitting most bikes. I’m not limited to women’s-specific rides or smaller frame sizes. In this roundup of reviews, most of the bikes I tested could be referred to as “gender-neutral”, though there is one women’s-specific review in [...]

OWA Reviews: Thule Urban Glide Stroller

What: Thule Urban Glide Jogging and Sport Stroller Where to Buy: backcountry.com, ems.com, mec.ca, rei.com, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk Perfect For: Outings on rugged roads *Disclaimer: I received this stroller from Thule to test and review. I was not asked to publish a positive review in exchange, and I received no financial compensation for this review. At OWA, our aim is to publish reviews on gear that, after [...]

OWA Reviews: SCARPA Vapor V Climbing Shoes

This SCARPA climbing shoe test and review was conducted by OWA Grassroots Team Leader, Jessica Kirby Clifford. What: SCARPA Vapor V Women's Climbing Shoes Where to Buy: backcountry.com, easternmountainsports.com, gearcoop.com Perfect For: Climbing more aggressive routes *Disclaimer: I received these climbing shoes from SCARPA to test and review. I was not asked to publish a positive review in exchange, and I received no financial compensation [...]

OWA Reviews: Giro Field Goggles

  What: Giro Field Goggles Where to buy: backcountry.com, evo.com, gearcoop.com, rei.com Perfect for: All skiing and snowboarding *Disclaimer: I received the goggles from Giro to test and review. I was not asked to publish a positive review in exchange, and I received no financial compensation for this review. At OWA, our aim is to publish reviews on gear that, after testing, we feel would be beneficial to [...]